ISPO, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a big old gear tradeshow in Munich. All of the world’s leading brands (and all the rest of them…) head here to show off all the new gear they’ll be flogging come Autumn/Winter 202/21 and we go along to get you the scoop on what’s worth knowing about.
There’s always some kind of accidental theme to ISPO and the main one this time was sustainability – as has unequivocally been the case for the last seven years or so.
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A few years ago, tackling cruelly-sourced down was one of the more common initiatives brands would talk about at the show, then things moved on to getting rid of PFCs and now, with a lot of those now gotten rid of from DWRs (though not completely), it certainly seems that recycling techniques are on the rise.
Then there’s the backcountry skiing thing. A few years ago ‘fast and light’ mountaineering was the trendy pursuit that brands were angling their products towards. Now it seems they’re all switching to ski mountaineering. There was a hint of this switch at the last ISPO show in 2019, perhaps the one before as well, but this time, at ISPO 2020, there were loads of ski jackets aimed at high aerobic activities in demanding environments and packs with all the bells and whistles.
It’s all wintry stuff at this show, anyway. If you want to know about the summery stuff that’s around the corner, it’s our Outdoor by ISPO Highlights you’ll want. So, without further adieu, here are all of the products that we impressed OM staffers Will, Jack and Giles during the three days we spent at the ISPO Winter show.
Patagonia DAS Parka Collection
Dead Air Space, that’s what the DAS stands for here. It refers to Patagonia’s new collection of jackets designed for wet and cold conditions – the kind of weather you might expect when mountaineering in Scotland. Each one is filled with PrimaLoft’s Gold Eco insulation for excellent ‘warmth when wet’ and features an ultralight nylon ripstop face fabric with Fair Trade Certified sewing. Other news Patagonia had for us was that they’ll be relaunching their popular Nano Puff jacket with PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco and a tech called P.U.R.E which means Produced Using Reduced Emissions.